District gears up for TOB

The biggest ever free-to-attend sporting event to come to Bassetlaw is just weeks away and residents, businesses and community groups can now see when the OVO Energy Tour of Britain will be racing through their town or village on 6 September.

The world’s top professional cyclists are expected to arrive in Bassetlaw at just after 1pm as they ride through Clumber Park, Worksop and on to Harworth, the home of Tom Simpson at around 1.45pm.

The riders will then head towards Ranskill where one of the exciting Eisberg Sprints will take place before hitting Retford at just after 2pm. The Skoda King of the Mountain stage will start at Eaton Wood - a 1.5-kilometre climb averaging a four per cent gradient - before the peloton leaves Bassetlaw at Dunham-on-Trent at around 2.30pm. 

Full details of the route and times that the race is expected to be in our district can be found on our dedicated Tour of Britain page.

Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw Council, said: “The Tour of Britain promises to be a fantastic event that will show the best of Bassetlaw – and we want as many people as possible to be involved.”

“There are so many vantage points from which to watch some of the world’s best cyclists and we are encouraging residents, schools, landowners, community groups and businesses to get involved and help Bassetlaw look at its very best in front of an estimated TV global audience of millions.”

By getting involved you can hold an event or even create some eye-catching land art that could be spotted by helicopter TV cameras as the race winds its way through our district’s spectacular scenery, landmarks and sites of historical significance.

Cllr Leigh added: “There are many ways that people can get involved in the Tour of Britain, including land art which can turn fields, hills, market squares and even car parks into unusual art displays that celebrate their local community and tell the story of Bassetlaw.

“Land art doesn’t have to be anything too complicated or ambitious. It can as simple as using hay bales to spell out ‘Welcome to Notts’ or arrange into a shape or image which would look impressive when viewed from the sky. But always remember to get the permission of the land owner first.”

Ideas for land art include:

  • Mowing a giant shape/image into a hill or field
  • Painting old, unwanted bikes yellow and putting them out on display  – which worked so well as part of the Tour de Yorkshire race 
  • Creating giant posters or banners on buildings along the route 
  • Colourful flower displays in the shape of a bicycle in gardens
  • Getting inspiration from the recent Tour de Yorkshire landart

Further details of the Tour of Britain can be found our own Tour of Britain page, by visiting www.tourofbritain.co.uk or on the County Council's website.

You can also register your event in the Get Involved section of the Nottinghamshire County Council website.

Published: Tuesday 15 August 2017